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Questions About Austin? You've Come to the Right Place

Austin certainly has plenty to keep even the most active local or visitor busy. So, whether you need a little help culling down all of our information, events and suggestions, or just can't find what you're looking for, you've come to the right place. We've organized our frequently asked questions into easy-to-scan categories to get you on the right path quickly. Find out when to tour the Capitol, where to go for live music, can't-miss places to shop and much, much more.


The Basics

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Q: Where is the Austin Visitor Center located? When is it open? 
A: The Austin Visitor Center is located at 602 E. Fourth Street.
Hours: Monday- Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am- 5 pm
Closed on Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving and Easter. 
To learn more about Austin's warm welcome and the Visitor Center, click here.

Q: Where are the Austin Convention Center, Palmer Events Center and Travis County Expo Center located?

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Q: What's the weather like? 
A: Austin's weather is generally temperate, with an average temperature of 68.5°. Our winters are mild, spring and fall are glorious, and the summertime is sunny and bright.

Q: How far is it from the airport to downtown?
A: It's a mere seven and a half miles, less than 15 minutes drive time (or about four songs' worth).

Q: Is it safe to walk downtown?
A: While FBI statistics point to Austin as one of the safest cities in the country, visitors should use the same precautions they'd use in any other large city.

Where to stay

Q: How many hotel rooms are in Austin?
A: There are 30,000 hotel rooms in the metro area.

Q: How many hotel rooms are located downtown?
A: There are 7,000 downtown hotel rooms currently.

Q: What is the occupancy tax in Austin?
A: 15%

Q: How do I book a hotel room?
A: Visit our booking engine.

Facts & Stats

Q: How many tourists visit Austin annually?
A: 19.7 million visit the Austin MSA.

Q: What are the area's major industries?
A: According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the top industries are:

  1. Professional and Business Services
  2. Retail Trade
  3. Education and Health Services

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